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Review: Cate Blanchett is fun but 'Bernadette' is lacking

Cate Blanchett and Billy Crudup in "Where'd You Go, Bernadette"

Photo by Wilson Webb, Annapurna Pictures

‘Aladdin’ ★★

PG • 2:08 • Guy Ritchie, who directs and is a co-screenwriter, has taken the 1992 film’s structure, added elements from the Broadway musical and made some nice script tweaks. Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. Associated Press

‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ ★★½

PG • 1:36 • In the second film in the “Angry Birds” franchise, which is somehow even more chaotic than the first, the birds and pigs must band together to survive as a mysterious third party attacks their islands in a ruthless land-grab. Tribune News Service

‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ ★★

PG • 1:49 • Adaptation of Garth Stein’s bestselling 2008 novel about a wannabe race car driver and his dog is told from the dog’s point of view. And not even that can save this movie. Starring Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Costner. Associated Press

‘Avengers: Endgame’ ★★★★

PG-13 • 3:02 • The final movie in Marvel’s Infinity Saga focuses on the efforts of Captain America (Chris Evans) and the remaining Avengers to rewind the effects of Thanos’ “Infinity War” snap. As high as the stakes are, “Endgame” is also a very funny movie. Washington Post

‘Blinded by the Light’ ★★★

PG-13 • 1:57 • Gurinder Chadha’s film isn’t about Bruce Springsteen’s life or how he recorded his hits. It’s about hearing him — far away in the British industrial town of Luton, where 16-year-old Javed (newcomer Viveik Kalra) finds in Springsteen’s working-class anthems the sound of his soul. Associated Press

‘Child’s Play’ ★★★

R • 1:28 • In this remake of “Child’s Play” (1988), Chucky, the freckle-faced homicidal doll, still likes stabbing things. But he’s no longer possessed; he’s a cloud-connected, self-learning AI doll with wide powers. Associated Press

‘Crawl’

R • 1:27 • Trapped in a flooding house during a hurricane, a young Florida woman and her father are menaced by alligators. With Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper. Directed by Alexandre Aja. Not reviewed. Los Angeles Times

‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’ ★★★½

R • 1:35 • A drive with David Crosby down the Sunset Strip serves as a device for the 77-year-old rocker to reflect on his past as a child of Hollywood, a stalwart of the culturally influential LA music scene, a superstar in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and more. Tribune News Service

‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ ★

PG • 1:42 • Spinning the TV adventures of an animated 6-year-old girl into a feature-length film could have been a way for Dora to seek out a new frontier. But instead of taking her (and us) into a brave new world, this movie has a warning: Sometimes it’s better to stay home. Washington Post

‘The Farewell’ ★★★★

PG • 1:38 • Chinese American New Yorker Billi (Awkwafina) is wracked with guilt when her family decides to hide her grandmother’s (Zhao Shuzhen) terminal lung cancer diagnosis from her. Written and directed by Lulu Wang. Tribune News Service

‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ ★★½

PG-13 • 2:15 • The souped-up “Fast & Furious” franchise shows no signs of slowing down. In this installment, star Vin Diesel has tossed the keys to his Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham — who are upstaged by their co-stars, Vanessa Kirby and Idris Elba. Tribune News Service

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ ★★½

PG-13 • 2:11 • A sequel in the loosest possible sense, this Godzilla installment requires minimal recall of just what went down in Tokyo and San Francisco back in 2014. Focus has shifted to a family of scientists who lived through the attack. Associated Press

‘Good Boys’ ★★★

R • 1:29 • Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg’s raucous, incredibly funny tweenage comedy dives into the sordid, silly world of sex, drugs and middle school. Tribune News Service

‘The Kitchen’ ★★★

R • 1:42 Wives call the shots in this gender flip of the 1970s gangster genre, the directorial debut of Andrea Berloff. Starring Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy and Elisabeth Moss. Tribune News Service

‘The Lion King’ ★★

PG • 1:58 • The songs are still good, the Shakespearean story is still solid and, well, Beyoncé’s in it. Yet Jon Favreau’s remake of Disney’s 1994 cartoon, so abundant with realistic simulations of the natural world, is curiously lifeless. Associated Press

‘Ma’ ★★½

R • 1:39 • Octavia Spencer turns in a brilliantly campy performance in an otherwise serviceable high school horror flick. Directed by Tate Taylor. Tribune News Service

‘Mike Wallace Is Here’ ★★★★

PG-13 • 1:30 • Avi Belkin’s uproariously entertaining and fast-paced documentary explores the legendary newsman who made his way from radio to TV. In the early, experimental days of the medium, he essentially invented the television news interview as we know it today. Tribune News Service

‘The Nightingale’ ★★★★

R • 2:16 • Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent has made a film that’s even more disturbing than her debut, “The Babadook.” Using the rape revenge genre, she directs a piercing, primal scream directly at colonialism and systemic oppression, specifically at the atrocities committed by the British during the “settling,” or invasion, of Australia and Tasmania. Tribune News Service

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ ★★★

R • 2:41 • Quentin Tarantino’s Manson murders film is perhaps his most sedate and self-reflective yet, a rumination on stardom and myth-making. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino and Brad Pitt. Tribune News Service

‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ ★½

PG • 1:44 • Film adaptations of video games have proved a dicey proposition in the past, and this one just feels like a money grab. You’ve played Pokémon Go? Call this one Pokémon Don’t Go. Associated Press

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

PG-13 • 1:51 • Teens in a small town in the 1960s discover a book of terror tales that start to come true. Based on the series by Alvin Schwartz. Directed by André Ovredal. Not reviewed. Los Angeles Times

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ ★★★

PG • 1:26 • If the sweet, animated 2016 film “The Secret Life of Pets” was mostly for kids, its sequel might be for another segment of the audience altogether — whoever is buying the tickets. Featuring the voices of Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate and Patton Oswalt. Associated Press

‘Toy Story 4’ ★★★

G • 1:40 • Though the original trilogy was perfect, this fourth installment — in which Woody struggles to remain essential after his original owner, Andy, hands him and his toybox pals off and heads to college — is a blast. Associated Press

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ ★★

PG-13 • 1:44 • Richard Linklater’s latest film, an adaptation co-written with Holly Gent and Vince Palmo of the 2012 Maria Semple novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” lands in the vexing middle ground between success and failure. It’s a morose sort of screwball comedy with heart — three elements going in related but separate directions. Chicago Tribune

‘Yesterday’ ★★½

PG-13 • 1:56 • A struggling musician (Himesh Patel) is hit by a bus and awakens in a world where the Beatles and their music exist only in his own memory. This modern fairy tale doesn’t hold up on close inspection, but director Danny Boyle does his best to make sure the ride is enjoyable. Tribune News Service

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